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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

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2012 Mid-Year Report

An update on key initiatives for 2012 - Commissioner Nick Fish

July 2, 2012

It is an honor to serve on the Portland City Council, and to lead the professional teams at Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Housing Bureau.

In spite of a difficult budget season and tough times, we are making steady progress.

We secured full funding for the “Safety Net," opened new community gardens, revitalized and preserved affordable homes, honored Charles Jordan, strengthened key partnerships, and celebrated the success of Bud Clark Commons.

Thanks for all that you do to support our community. Enjoy your summer.

"American Winter" producers featured in The Oregonian

Emmy Award-winning duo Joe and Harry Gantz recently shared their thoughts with The Oregonian about their current production of "American Winter."

July 2, 2012

By David Nguyen

Emmy Award-winning duo Joe and Harry Gantz recently shared their thoughts with The Oregonian about their current production of "American Winter."  "American Winter" powerfully documents the struggles of American families, with a focus on Portlanders who call the 211 Info resource hotline to access services like emergency shelter, groceries from food banks, assistance paying utilities, or medical and mental health care.

The production of the film is wrapping up, and the producers are working to raise an additional $25,000 within the next couple weeks to help finalize the documentary.  An IndieGoGo page has been set up to gather donations. 

Visit "American Winter’s" website to learn more about the project.

Nancy Haught in The Oregonian

Congresswoman Bonamici tours Bud Clark Commons

Nick was honored to join Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Portland Housing Director Traci Manning, and representatives from Holst Architecture for a tour of the nationally recognized Bud Clark Commons yesterday(BCC) yesterday.

July 3, 2012

By David Nguyen

Nick was honored to join Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Portland Housing Bureau Director Traci Manning, and representatives from Holst Architecture for a tour of the nationally recognized Bud Clark Commons yesterday.

The Congresswoman had an opportunity to tour the Day Center operated by Transition Projects, which receives an average of 300 visitors a day. In the Day Center, people experiencing homelessness can access laundry facilities, showers, telephone and mail service, job search assistance, and other services. 

The tour continued through the building, visiting the permanent homes operated by Home Forward.  120 permanent supportive housing units are home to some of Portland's most vulnerable formerly homeless individuals.

A year into its operation, Bud Clark Commons is a cornerstone in our fight to end homelessness.

We'd like to thank the Congresswoman for taking the time to visit.

Healthy Vending Options Coming to Downtown Festivals

In Collaboration with Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Public Health Institute, and Multnomah County's "It Starts Here" campaign, we are working to ensure that more healthy vending options are available at downtown festivals. At the 2012 Blue's Festival, "Healthy Options Here" vendors will offer festival-goers more healthy choices.

July 3, 2012

As over 100,000 blues fans from throughout the world pour into the 25th anniversary of Oregon Food Bank's renowned fundraiser, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, a number of shiny red apples may catch their eyes. These apples signify vendors who participated in our first-ever Healthy Vending Challege.

In collaboration with Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Public Health Institute, and Multnomah County's "It Starts Here" campaign, we are working to ensure that more healthy options are available at our signature downtown festivals.

At this year's Blues Festival, visitors will be directed to vendors who participated in the Healthy Vending Challenge by looking for the red apple "Healthy Options Here" logo (left) displayed next to vendor menus. Participants in this year's Healthy Vending Challenge adjusted their menu to offer at least two healthy options, such as half-portions or an unsweetened beverage. We encourage you to visit this year's vendors: Big City Burritos, Horn of Africa, and Rafati's.

Nancy Becker, registered Dietician with the Oregon Public Health Institute, thanks Commissioner Fish for "making it easier for festival goers to make a healthy choice!" She appreciates that "this year, Blues Festival fans can enjoy the food at the festival, without having to abandon their best intentions for health."

So, come out this weekend and boogie to five jam-packed days of the best blues in the world, or relax by the beautiful Willamette River under the peaks of Mt. Hood. Rejoice in the fact that you are helping to fight hunger and have the option of treating yourself to a healthy meal. The festival will offer tons of fun activities for kids and adults alike, a dazzling display of fireworks, Blues Cruises on the Portland Spirit, and more.

Healthy Parks. Healthy Portland. We continue to work by this motto with strong support from our partners.

Oregon Food Bank

Paint Portland Blues

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in the News

"It Starts Here"

Multnomah County Healthy Department

Portland Parks pools open for Independence Day

All seven of Portland Parks & Recreation pools will be open on Independence Day this Wednesday!

July 3, 2012

By David Nguyen

All seven of Portland Parks & Recreation pools will be open on Independence Day this Wednesday!

East Portland Community Center Pool

740 SE 106th

(503) 823-3450

Family Swim: 11:30 am - 1 pm

Open Play Swim: 1 - 5 pm                            

Grant Pool                 

2300 NE 33rd

(503) 823-3674

Parent/Preschooler Swim: 12 - 1pm

Open Play Swim: 1:10 - 4:25pm

Family Play Swim: 4:30 - 6pm

Mt Scott Pool 

5530 SE 72nd              

(503) 823-3183             

Family Swim: 12 - 1pm

Open Play Swim: 1 - 3:30pm

Pier Pool

9341 N. St Johns

(503) 823-3678                                

Open Play Swim: 1 - 5pm

Sellwood Pool

7951 SE 7th        

(503) 823-3679             

Open Play Swim: 1 - 5pm

Southwest Pool

6820 SW 45th        

(503) 823-2840              

Family Swim: 11:30 - 1pm

Open Play Swim: 1 - 5:30pm                         

Wilson Pool

1151 SW Vermont               

(503) 823-3680

Open Play Swim: 12 - 6pm

PP&R's Aquatic Program is dedicated to providing a fun and creative atmosphere for the development of swimming skills for youth and adults of Portland, and we're committed to the importance of water safety and training for their lifeguards, swim instructors, and the community.

Swimming is a valuable lifetime skill and a healthy, recreational activity for everyone to enjoy.